TONIGHT at the MoCAD – Ancient/Urban: A Xenakis Sampler

May 28, 2015 by  
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Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001), one of the most highly regarded post-war avant grade composers, created challenging electronic and acoustic music using mathematical formulas and architectural principles. A Greek Resistance fighter in World War II, he fled to Paris as a political refugee in 1947, where he collaborated with Le Corbusier from 1947-1959, first as an engineer and later as an architect.  He also studied music composition at the Paris Conservatory from 1950 to 1953 with Olivier Messiaen, who encouraged him to develop the compositional process for which he later became legendary.  

Percussion artist Zac Brunell presents a program that combines acoustic percussion pieces by Xenakis with a sample of electronic presentations of seminal musique concrete compositions, exploring the sonic mathematics of physics and nature.  The centerpiece of the performance will be 'Bohor,' an electronic piece for octophonic sound, and Xenakis' first large-scale electroacoustic work.  

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit
8PM - $10 ($5 for members)

SHOW REVIEW: Clutch Live at Freedom Hill on The Missing Link Tour + Neil Fallon Interview (with video and photos)

May 27, 2015 by  
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Freedom Hill Amphitheater in Sterling Heights kicked off their summer season with The Missing Link Tour featuring Graveyard, Mastodon, and Clutch this past Saturday (May 23, 2015) and Motorcityblog was there to interview Clutch's vocalist Neil Fallon and catch the bands set.

First off is our exclusive pre-show interview with Neil Fallon which can be viewed below...

You could not have asked for a better day to see a outdoor concert due to the weather being stellar. Perfect T-shirt weather and the fans came out in droves representing their favorites. If they didn't have a T-shirt when they arrived, they most likely walked away with one because the merchandise booth had a huge line the entire night.  


The Freedom Hill Amphitheater is my new favorite local venue. The place looked fantastic and is a mini version of DTE Music Theater, which means a smaller lawn and not a bad seat in the house. The pavilion is fully covered and they even have a general admission pit in front of the seated area. The staff was very accommodating and this fact was even proven more when I saw a gentleman drop his beer and they called him over to give him another one for free. They have a wide selection of beverages and food  including a margarita bar and healthy food options like salads and even hummus.

The venue was pretty packed by the time Clutch hit the stage and everyone stayed till the end to witness the onslaught of a live Clutch live performance. This particular evening was the second to last date of the Missing Link Tour. Lesser bands could of easily called it in from the wear of the road after 25+ shows, but not Clutch. Seasoned vets that they are, the band came out rocking right off the bat with "The House That Peterbilt" and never let up the entire evening. 


Clutch bass player Dan Maines had to leave the tour the night before to get home to his wife who is having a baby, so Brad Davis from the band Fu Manchu stepped in. He learned a lot of the recorded material and did a great job. No new songs from the forthcoming Clutch album "Psychic Warfare" were performed this particular evening because the band didn't want to overwhelm Brad Davis with material that the band themselves are still learning to play live. But with a catalog of over 100 songs the band had no problem coming up with a 17 song set list. Nothing was played live from the first album, but fans of their second LP self titled "Clutch" were treated to "Escape From the Prison Planet" and "Spacegrass" on top of the opening song. Neil brought up the fact that the album is 20 years old this month. Having seen the songs played live myself 20 years ago, I can say with confidence that the songs sound just as fresh today as they did back then.

Tracks from Clutch's vast discography were performed with a great intensity. Neil's voice was spot on and completely owned up to his distinct rock vocalist title. Drummer Jean Paul-Gaster made drumming look easy, but was laying down very impressive beats that only a technically gifted drummer could perform. I would often just stare at him during songs and smile at the ease he played. Guitarist Tim Sult was in his standard stage demeanor of looking down and playing his guitar. He may look shy playing, but his fingers are surely not. Tim deals the high-volume riffs that has made Clutch the band that they are today. Singer Neil Fallon picked up the guitar for some songs as well, including "The Regulator" and "Electric Worry". Both these songs had a swagger that had people swaying and dancing just as much as the other songs had the crowd head banging.

The band played several songs off their last release "Earth Rocker" from 2013 as well. They performed the title track "Earth Rocker", as well as "The Face","Crucial Velocity", "The Wolf Man Kindly Requests…", and "D.C. Sound Attack!". For "D.C. Sound Attack" Neil played the cowbell and the band also brought out Brent Hinds of Mastodon to play slide guitar. The band is not afraid to evolve and take chances musically and the fans respect that. I've seen many a live Clutch shows since the first time back in 1993 and the band has consistently delivered at every show.

Clutch currently has a bunch of Europe/UK tour dates on the schedule, but they also have select North American festival dates booked as well.
Clutch will be releasing their new album "Psychic Warfare" on their own Weathermaker Music label in September and should be around the Detroit area around that time to support it.

Clutch's Set List for the show:

The House That Peterbilt
The Mob Goes Wild
Profits of Doom
Earth Rocker
Pure Rock Fury
The Face
Cypress Grove
Escape From the Prison Planet
Crucial Velocity
Burning Beard
The Regulator
Unto the Breach
D.C. Sound Attack! (with Brent Hinds of Mastodon)
The Wolf Man Kindly Requests...
Electric Worry
One Eye Dollar

Visit Clutch at their website:

Photos and review: Casey
Interview conducted by: Bree and Casey

The Missing Link Tour Review (Pittsburgh, Detroit, Columbus)

May 26, 2015 by  
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Photo by David McClister

Lucky to catch three bands in three different cities is something that I will never do again. Losing my phone in Detroit, losing myself in Pittsburgh, and losing my lunch in Columbus was enough to take all of my energy. Purely for pleasure, I ventured to uncharted territory to Pittsburgh and witnessed Graveyard.

Hailing from the beautiful lands of Gothenburg, Sweden, it initially wasn’t love at first sight for me and Graveyard. Like any functional relationship, it took work. Our first meeting was only okay. The sun shined on the four piece as their beautiful hair blustered in the wind, but while their talent was evident in Pittsburgh, my like of Graveyard grew into a full crush in Detroit. On their 37th performance on this tour, I’m not sure what it was that made my heart a-flutter during their set.  It’s possible that it was the perfect venue that is Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, the crowd that was more than into the band, or maybe it was as simple as closing my eyes and letting them take the lead. I traveled back to a time where love was rampant and Graveyard was the soundtrack. Their 70s era soft psychedelic-blues-rock formula was the right mixture for our one-sided love to grow. Joakim Nilsson’s voice is reminiscent of a classic rock band from the 1970s, but with a relentless intensity and hunger behind it. If attendees at The Missing Link Tour were unaware of who Graveyard was before the show, they definitely knew who the fuck they were after.

Consistency is another word that describes a stable relationship.  My first Clutch show was in Columbus in 2013 and my knowledge of the band was that a guy I was dating was really into them, so that obviously meant that I was into them as well.  During the show, I became intrigued.  Clutch is so much more than “Careful with That Mic”. Neil Fallon’s testosterone-filled voice always reminded me of my father and his friends, breath smelling of Jack Daniels and cheap beer talking about what seemed like nothing but was always something. Before Clutch’s performance in Detroit, I had the opportunity to sit down with Fallon (video interview to be posted soon) and he mentioned that he was ready to go home to resume some normalcy as a husband and father before inevitably leaving for another tour.  With this part of our conversation in mind, I witnessed Clutch perform at the Freedom Hill Amphitheatre to a packed audience.  I didn’t see an empty seat and Fallon delivered, song after song, sipping on what looked like bourbon or whiskey and water, with his well-groomed beard shaking with every syllable, whether it was “The Burning Beard” or “Profits of Doom” or “Spacegrass”, Fallon easily commanded attention with only the boom of his voice. Filling in on bass for Dan Maines, since his wife is about to give birth, Fu Manchu bassist Brad Davis played both Sterling Heights and Columbus dates, from what I could tell flawlessly. Slated for release in September, Clutch’s “Psychic Warfare” will most likely be supported with another tour in 2016.

My motivation to go on my itty bitty min-tour was Mastodon.  The Atlanta-based outfit got ahold of me when I was still a minor.  Sitting in my grandparents’ living room watching MTV, “Colony of Birchmen” appeared on my screen and I was changed forever. Unlike my growing love of Graveyard, I fell for Mastodon instantly. While naysayers criticized the band for their latest release “Once More Round the Sun” for being “not metal enough”, or even “pop”, it is one of their strongest. 
Brent Hinds, the band’s most animated and charismatic guitar player, performed “DC Sound Attack” with Clutch in Sterling Heights and also played guitar with Graveyard in Columbus. I unfortunately missed a performance of “Blood and Thunder” in Red Rocks, Colorado where Neil Fallon took the stage with Mastodon and sounded like a blood thirsty Viking after successfully pillaging a small town.

Hinds’ antics such as kicking amps and rapidly flicking his tongue kept my eyes on him, but in each city I did notice that his vocals were muffled. In Pittsburgh, I couldn’t find the proper words to describe the bass god that is Troy Sanders but in Detroit the haze became slightly clearer. In Columbus, the smoke finally waned; watching Sanders is as if he is possessed and the “normal” man inside is fighting the possessed part of him and losing.  Swaying and hell bent on bending his back as close to 90 degrees as possible, talking and pointing to the audience, and occasionally bulging his eyes, Sanders took Hinds’ spot as my favorite member of the band.  With that said, Bill Kelliher and Hinds effortlessly shred the hardest but make it look so easy. I overheard a man at the show in Columbus mention something about how the men of Mastodon somehow haven’t developed carpel tunnel.

Both “Megaladon”and “Oblivion” were crowd favorites in all three cities, but hearing one of my favorite tracks from “Once More Round the Sun”, “High Road”, was enough to seal in my Mastodon fandom. Although The Missing Link tour is over, both Clutch and Graveyard are planning new material to be released in September of this year. This tour made me feel as if I am capable of love. Tour continues for Mastodon at Free Press Summer Fest in Houston, Texas, and then to Europe.


May 22, 2015 by  
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Tame Impala @ Royal Oak Music Theatre

May 18, 2015

For most bands, the specter of the “sophomore slump” is daunting to say the least. Tame Impala, however, were nonplussed by any expectations created by their first LP “Innervisions”.

In 2012, they released “Lonerism” to world-wide acclaim. Kevin Parker’s one-man to ode to isolation and unrequited love was stuffed full of gorgeous harmonies and hooks a plenty.


The Aussies came to the Royal Oak Music Theatre in support of their latest record “Currents” which is to be released on July 17. The show was a deft mix of all three LP’s. 

Backed by a flux of mind bending visuals, Tame Impala sounded polished. 

New material like “Let It Happen” and “Eventually” sounded glorious, and they slightly reworked older jams like “Elephant” and “Be Above It”. 

FREE VINYL FRIDAY: Dull Tools | Beth Israel | Detroit Show – Tuesday 6/2/15

May 22, 2015 by  
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Good Afternoon...for this edition of MCB Free Vinyl Friday we got some knarly wax and killer cassettes from Beth Israel who play UFO Factory on Tuesday June 2nd 
with Merchandise + Nothing

These guys are off the hook so pencil this one in or you will regret it missing the noise!
email for you shot to win a vinyl or tape
 or maybe both if you send something worth the bonus
BETH ISRAEL seem to get noisier and more dissonant as their pop sensibility becomes more refined. THE LOANER , the band's third release and second cassette on DULL TOOLS , only reemphasizes the relative solitude and obscurity that the group exist in. Not unlike the bizarre avantpop of TOMMY JAY or TRONICS, homage is paid to a variety of musical traditions, while maintaining a core sound. Acidcasualty sound collage and cinematic baroque trash tie together tunes that some would call "synth punk" but BETH ISRAEL would just call "music".
We can't tell you much about BETH ISRAEL , the band or the individuals that make up its membership. Rumor has it that the longtime duo is now a touring trio.
Truth or underground gossip?
Catch them on their
tour of the USA to find out:
THU MAY 21 Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
FRI MAY 22 Waco, TX @ True Love (w/ Loafers)
SAT MAY 23 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves (w/ Party Static)
SUN MAY 24 Fayetteville, AR @ The Backspace
MON MAY 25 Oklahoma City @ The Shop (w/ Cherry Death)
TUE MAY 26 St. Louis, MO @ Foam (w/ Ex Cult)
WED MAY 27 Joplin, MO @ Cesspool Manor
THU MAY 28 Kansas City, MO @ Green Desert (w/ Phantom Head)
FRI MAY 29 Omaha, NE @ Sweatshop Gallery
SAT MAY 30 Chicago, IL @ Wally World (w/ Cigarette Bums)
SUN MAY 31 Milwaukee, WI @ Bremen Cafe
TUE JUN 2 Detroit @ UFO Factory (w/ Merchandise & Nothing)
WED JUN 3 Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
FRI JUN 5 Albany, NY @ The Treehouse
SAT JUN 6 Boston Hassle Presents… @ Lilypad
TUE JUN 7 Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts Theatre
MON JUN 8 Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium
THU JUN 11 Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn (w/ Heaven's Gate)
FRI JUN 12 Kutztown, PA @ Spaghetti House (w/ Heaven's Gate, Ghost Dads)
SAT JUN 13 Philadelphia, PA @ A House Called Virtue (w/ Heaven's Gate, Mannequin Pussy)
SUN JUN 14 Washington DC @ Above the Bayou
TUE JUN 16 Raleigh, NC @ Nice Price
WED JUN 17 Athens, GA @ Flicker Bar
THU JUN 18 Nashville, TN @ TBA
FRI JUN 19 Memphis, TN @ TBA
SAT JUN 20 Dallas, TX @ The Foundry (free show w/ The Hussy)

THIS FRIDAY (May 22): Shepard Fairey "Printed Matters" art show exhibition opening at Library Street Collective gallery

May 21, 2015 by  
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Los Angeles based artist Shepard Fairey has been in Detroit this week doing what he does best- ART. He has been painting what will be his largest mural to date, a 184-foot-wide by 60-foot-tall design on Dan Gilbert's Compuware Building.See in-progress photos of Fairey's mural here.

This is in addition to exhibiting in Public Matter, the Library Street Collective's outdoor gallery.
It all leads up to Shepard's art show opening reception at the Library Street Collective gallery Friday night.   

Shepard is well known just as much for creating the Barack Obama "Hope" as well for his "Andre The Giant Has A Posse" street art campaign. On top of that Fairey found huge success with his "Obey" clothing line that has branched out in many different facets.

The Printed Matters opening will coincide with Library Street Collective’s “Public Matter” exhibition located behind the gallery. Shepard will be the second artist to exhibit his work in “Public Matter,” the outdoor exhibition platform located in the Belt.  Public Matter features a rotating exhibition of large-scale paintings by the most recognized and celebrated names in contemporary art.  Shepard will also paint a permanent mural in the Belt as well as his largest mural to date in an undisclosed location in downtown Detroit.
Printed Matter: Repetition, consistency, and persistence over the years yielded a growing audience for both Shepard’s outdoor and gallery art. As people started to request more versions of his images, he began to embellish upon his utilitarian printing techniques by printing on wood, metal, and canvas, as well as incorporating stenciling back into the work. Some of these pieces began to function as one-of-a-kind mixed media paintings. To keep his work affordable and accessible, Shepard also made screen-print-on-paper editions of his fine art pieces. “Some people say print is on its way out, that it will be wiped out by digital media,” says Shepard, “but I say you can never replace the provocative, tactile experience of an art print on the street or in a gallery. Printing still matters.”

Shepard states, “I’m a product of the era of mass production and the mass culture it has created. I can’t imagine my art practice without the influence of, and the use of, printing. Some of my biggest art influences were not paintings, but printed things like album covers, skateboard graphics, punk flyers, and t-shirt designs. When I discovered stencil making and screen-printing in high school, I used them to make t-shirts and stickers, but by college I began to use screen-printing to make art. I enjoyed illustration, photography, collage, and graphic design separately, but with screen-printing I could synthesize those techniques into an integrated final product. Screen-printing also provided latitude for experimentation and the ability to make multiples, and my style began to evolve as I explored the graphic nature of the medium. I tried to make images that would translate well to screen-print production. A harmony of beauty, power, and utility was my goal.”

Public Matter: Shepard, a popular proponent of public art, will create five large-scale paintings as part of “Public Matter,” the fully accessible outdoor exhibition platform located between the Z parking garage and within the Belt, a newly redeveloped alley connecting Grand River and Gratiot Avenue between Broadway and Library Street in downtown Detroit. The Belt, named for its orientation in a former downtown garment district, also features permanent murals by more than a dozen local, national and international artists.

“Everyone can relate to Detroit’s struggle as a community and understand the need for people powered projects in the city,” says Shepard. “Murals and public art are free to everyone and create energy and positive impact in communities; the art becomes a conversation starter or common reference point and that is good for public morale and discourse.”  ­­
“Street art is one of the most democratic outlets for art. I consider myself a multi-platform artist, not just a street artist, but the audience I found through street art has created many of the opportunities I now have on other platforms and allows me to get my art directly in front of people, even if it is for a short time.” — Shepard Fairey ­­­­

“Shepard Fairey’s work has had a cultural impact on the world. We are honored to bring this exhibition to Detroit and also provide a public platform for him to create while in our great city.” — Anthony Curis, partner, Library Street Collective

Visit Shepard Fairey at his website here..

Printed Matters opening reception is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 22. The Library Street Collective is located at 1260 Library St., Detroit; 313-600-7443; Runs until Aug. 15.

UPCOMING: Saturday, May 23- Clutch and Mastodon With Special guest Graveyard at Freedom Hill

May 21, 2015 by  
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If you like your music heavy then we have a perfect show for you this Saturday (May 23)
Veteran rockers Clutch and Mastodon are bringing their joint tour to Freedom Hill along with special guest Graveyard from Sweden. 
Looks like great weather for the show as well. We can't think of a better way to kick off the outdoor music season.
Doors: 5:30 pm
Show Time: 6:50 pm
is located at: 
14900 Metropolitan Parkway
Sterling Heights, MI 48312
Fore more info and to buy tickets from the venue click HERE. 


Monday night show! – DEATH VALLEY GIRLS @ UFO Factory Detroit – Monday 5/25

May 20, 2015 by  
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Monday 5/25/15
2110 Trumbull Ave.
Detroit USA

“Death Valley Girls are in love. Deeply, and always. “Summertime” is knowing  so long as you are of pure heart and open mind, the universe will bring you together, somewhere, and maybe in the summertime, or not.”
It’s easy to mistake Death Valley Girls for a biker gang. First of all, the members of this snarling garage-rock quartet all look like they jumped out from the pages of Karlheinz Weinberger's Rebel Youth (an amazing book documenting '50s and '60s juvenile gangs). And at any one of their shows, a row of ratty, raked-out choppers can be seen lined up in classic motorcycle-club formation.
Even their names are reminiscent of vintage biker B-movies: Bonnie Bloomgarden is the leader of the pack. Peering out from a straight line of jet-black bangs is a bass player who just goes by “Rocky”.  Laura Kelsey (formerly of surf/garage girls The Flytraps) plays Mo Tucker meets Nick Knox style drums and Larry Schemel who played in the last incarnation of legendary L.A. punk pagans The Flesh Eaters plays fuzz-heavy guitar like he just might be the bastard son of Davie Allan.
Speaking of guitar, you'd be hard-pressed to find a meaner one than the opening riff for “No Reason,” the most menacing song from DVG’s debut album Street Venom. It basically sounds like Larry plugged his guitar straight into a hornet hive and then kicked it. When the rhythm section kicks in it gives the song a sinister kind of rumble that would make Link Wray proud. Bloomgarden’s snotty, bratty vocal sneer cements their sound with old-school girl-gang attitude.

UPCOMING: Coming June 5th and 6th – The INK.² Exhibition…

May 20, 2015 by  
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INK.² Detroit
Event Date: June 5th & 6th, 2015
Tangent Gallery/Hastings Ballroom, Detroit

Sponsored by : Eternal Tattoos, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Atelier Gothique Fine Jewelry, Sassmouth Ink, Tattoo Nouveau, Lady Luck Tattoo, Ink Addict, Ink Detroit, Green Man Tattoo and Skin Time.

INK is very pleased to be partnered with Burners Without Borders Detroit, to help this city's unfortunate homeless citizens. Canned goods will be collected at the door.

Tattoo-inspired artwork of all mediums will be on gallery display from more than 100 Local, National and International fine artists (see attached artist list). Special performances throughout the weekend by Metro Times' "Best of" entertainers Satori Circus and Lushes LaMoan, extreme hoola-hooper Holly Linton, and intense fire dancing by Wingless Feuer.

The VIP Collector's Preview begins Friday, June 5th from 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. VIP Guests will get a first look at the collection of artwork & a chance to speak with the curators and artists, while enjoying gourmet appetizers, pastries & libations as they are entertained with a Live Interactive "Anatomy of Art" performance by 6 of the top tattoo and fine art creators in Metro Detroit.

The Miss Ink Detroit 2015 competition will come to an end with the Finals and Crowning ceremony, Saturday June 6th, the closing night of the exhibition.

Guests will also have a chance to shop numerous local vendors, such as Eternal Ink, Ink Addict, Ink Detroit, Poison Ivy Designs, CreepynCute Shop, Metal Moon Tattoo Studio, Tattoo Nouveau, Lady Luck Tattoo, Happy Henna Designs, as well as browse the INK. Print Store.

INK serves to examine and celebrate the art, culture, lifestyle, history, anthropology and sociology of tattoos, tattooing, and being tattooed. The practice of permanently inking the body spans all cultures, religions and lifestyles throughout history.

Show Hours
- Friday, June 5th, 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm (VIP Party & Collector's Preview), 9:00pm - 2:00am (General admission)
- Saturday, June 6th, 2015 8:00pm - 2:00am (General admission).

PreSale Tickets for both the VIP Party/Collector's Preview & General Admission are available for purchase at:

Please RSVP at the INK. Facebook Event Page:

And be sure to "Like" the INK. Fan Page for Artist & Performer Showcases, Contests, Sponsor Shout Outs & Offers, and sneak peeks, as well as event photos:

For more information about Burners Without Borders, please visit their Facebook page:

This event is 18+.
Tangent Gallery offers a full service bar. All guests will be asked for I.D. at the door.

Tangent Gallery / Hastings Ballroom is located at:
715 East Milwaukee St., Detroit, MI

CATL RETURN TO WINDSOR! Friday May 22 2015 @ Phog Lounge w/ Woodworker & Middle Sister

May 20, 2015 by  
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Detroiters! – Head on over the ol' Bridge and come check out some great music!

Friday May 22nd 2015

Phog Lounge, 157 University Ave W.
Woodworker & Middle Sister (local)


​​"catl. can pull dancers to their feet, shake a sweaty room silly and convince
you that maybe another tequila before last call isn't such a bad idea afterall."

| Toronto ON | April, 2014


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